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Africa News of Thursday, 13 April 2023


Jihadist group takes over village in northern Mali

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Mali jihadists affiliated to the Islamic State group have taken over a village in Ménaka - a region that is now largely under militants control.

The Islamist militants seized another village - Tidermene - on Monday night following months of fighting.

A local official who fled to the regional capital Ménaka confirmed the capture and said the insurgents were moving around the village with weapons.

Since early last year, Islamic State in the Greater Sahara has launched a major offensive in the area as well as in Gao - another region of northern Mali.

There have been battles with the Al-Qaeda-linked fighters as well as Tuareg former rebels who signed a peace deal in 2015.